Mumbai | Jagran News Desk: Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Saturday invited the BJP, the single largest party in Maharashtra, to form government in the state. The saffron party will have to prove its majority in the 288-seat assembly on Monday.
The BJP won 105 and Shiv Sena 56 seats in the House, securing a comfortable majority as an alliance. However, there has been a delay in the formation of government as the two allies have been locked in a tussle over the latter's demand of sharing the chief minister's post and ministerial berths in the state.
The term of the 13th Assembly is set to end on Saturday midnight, but no indication has emerged from
bickering allies BJP and Shiv Sena that they were ready to form the new government.
"The Governor of Maharashtra Shri Bhagat Singh Koshyari today asked the leader of elected members of the single largest party, the Bharatiya Janata Party, Shri Devendra Fadnavis to indicate the willingness and ability of his party to form the government in Maharashtra," read a statement from the Governor's office.
BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis resigned as chief minister on Friday. Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari accepted the resignation and asked him to continue as caretaker CM.
Soon after tendering his resignation, Fadnavis launched a series of attacks on Sena, blaming it for the delay in the government formation in the state. He expressed confidence that the BJP will form the government, and hit out at the Sena for talking with the Congress and NCP but not with BJP after the results came on October 24.
Refuting the Shiv Sena's claim, Fadnavis asserted that "in my presence", no decision had been taken by the two parties over sharing the chief minister's post.
The Sena had claimed that before the Lok Sabha polls, the two allies had decided to share the CM's post in the next term for two-and-half-years each.
Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray hit back at Fadnavis saying that there will be no talks with the BJP unless it accepted that the two allies had decided share the chief minister's post.
Thackeray said he will fulfill the promise made to his father, late Bal Thackeray, to install a Shiv Sena chief minister in the state, and for that he did not need Shah or Fadnavis.
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